Ducks Go On Sale at White Squirrel Festival

for TC Arts Council’s July 4th Duck Race for Kreative Kids

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Sponsor A Duck for the July 4th Duck Race for Kreative Kids!

You have the chance to Win $250 or prizes from downtown merchants!!

**Ducks Go On Sale This Weekend at White Squirrel Festival!!

Look for the TC Arts Duck Booth on West Main Street in between the White Squirrel Shop and Mayberry’s.

One Duck $5

Five Ducks for $25 and get one duck free

Twenty Ducks for $100 and get 5 ducks free

Questions – call TC Arts Council 828.884.2787

The Duck Race is sponsored by: Comporium, Transylvania Times, Think It Studio,

The River House Brevard, Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, D. D. Bulwinkel’s, Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop,

Blue Ridge Bakery, Newman Tree & Landscaping,and Head to Tail Natural Pet Grooming.


May 27th Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk

Kicks-Off White Squirrel Weekend

Rise & Shine Photo Exhibit 2016  white squirrel photo contest 2016 Terry Maros


Special Happenings during the May 27 Gallery Walk:

The Oskar Blues Trolley will run during gallery walk from 6pm – 8pm. It will do continuous loops as you hop on board at the following locations: TC Arts Council, The Haen Gallery – Brevard Lumberyard Arts District, and in front of Hunters & Gatherers.


The TC Arts Council will host their latest exhibit “Blast from the Past” with artwork by Tom Atkins, Joe Bruneau, Ann DerGara, Judith Duff, Ina DeRuocco, Sharyn Fogel, Sue Huggins, Jan Lee, Erin Keane, Suzie Knapp, Christine Kosiba, Cathy Langdon, Tim Murray, Virginia Pendergrass, Karen Swing, and Ellen Stinchcomb.


Red Wolf Gallery will be featuring new work by Kenson. They will also be serving some nut free, gluten free samples for Gallery Walk. Ardenne Farm from Mills River, NC produces many gluten free mixes that are sold at Food Matters and Ingles and they will be at the Red Wolf Gallery with trays of samples.


Be sure to stop by Steve Owen and Associates to meet Brevard’s young artist, Alana Merrell, who will be displaying her works of art!


Number 7 Arts is a cooperative art gallery run by 27 local artists. Number 7 will feature the work of three of its members on Gallery Walk:  Freddie Hart – enamel art, Barbara Hawk – painter, and Dave Lasseter – woodworker.


The Gallery at 44 located upstairs at Jaime’s Creole Brasserie features world-class abstract paintings, sculpture and pottery of artists Judith Duff, Jerry Domokur, Shozo Michikawa, and Seungho Yang.
Art Works is a working studio and gallery of fine art by local artists, located next door to the grand lobby of the historic Aethelwold Hotel. Stop on by to meet the working artists Deborah Kidwell, Lee Abell, Virginia Pendergrass and featured artist of the month Sarah Sneeden.


Local Color welcomes you to check out work from a dozen new artists since last season. Bottle Cap Rose’s creations, Glow Art Works wearable art, Trina’s folk art, Jeanette’s repurposed jewelry, Rodrigo’s glass art, Shelly’s pottery, Andi and Celia’s wall art, to name a few. As usual, get your free hugs from Paul.


Main Street Ltd. will host a free wine tasting from 5pm to 7pm. Jessica Guffy from Empire Distributing will be pouring. Main Street Ltd. will offer refreshments and special wine discounts

for the event.

The Hollingsworth Gallery will host a special exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rise & Shine Freedom School. Part 1 of the exhibition is called Faces and features a dozen portraits of Rise & Shine students by Brevard photographer John Allen. Part 2 of the 20th anniversary exhibition features studies in photography created by five middle school scholars in the Rise & Shine program.  The Rise & Shine Scholars created hundreds of photographs this past summer thanks in part to funds received from a Grassroots Grant awarded by the NC Arts Council through the TC Arts Council.


Starfangled Press at 36 W Jordan St. will host an opening reception for the new exhibition “Turf”, a one-person show by the artist-printmaker Taryn McMahon. McMahon has received numerous international awards and is currently an Assistant Professor at Kent State University in Ohio. Her work imagines a future ecology in which the natural and artificial become intertwined and conflated in the face of unprecedented change.


Trade-Arama has a whole garden of florals by artists Cecel Allee and Sarah Rakes. Spring is in the air. Come enjoy snacks and folk art! Then be sure to explore Gravy – an artisan retail market benefiting the Boys and Girls Club.


Wine Down will feature the artwork of Maureen Chapman, painter.


Theophilus showcases art in the form of fashion, gifts and home décor, from local artists as well as artists from other regions. Pouring starts at 5 pm.


D.D. Bullwinkel’s is an eclectic mix of fun and useful goods for casual mountain living. Shop for outdoor clothing, comfy footwear, handcrafted pottery and jewelry. They will be serving beer, wine and their famous pimento cheese –  as featured in Southern Living.


Broad Street Wines invites you stop in during gallery walk for a free wine tasting.

The Phoenix will feature music at 9pm by Blown Glass (Americana).

The Collective located on Jordan Street will have a Pop Up Market from 6 pm – 8 pm.


In the Brevard Lumberyard Arts District:

Join The Haen Gallery for the Opening Reception of “Remembering Lew Wallace,” an exquisite collection of watercolor paintings of waterfalls in and around Transylvania County by the late Lew Wallace.  A North Carolina native who spent most of his working life in Florida before returning to North Carolina, Lew developed his own watercolor techniques for painting nature, rocks and water. The paintings featured in this exhibition include the streams and waterfalls found in and around his home in the North Carolina mountains.


Located behind The Haen Gallery is the new location of the Underground Salvage Co. They have over an acre of architectural salvage and vintage treasures. A wonderland for creative people looking for green alternatives to traditional art, craft, and building supplies. Original creations made with salvaged items. Enjoy complimentary Oskar Blues beer tasting.


Magpie Meat & Three, Brevard’s newest restaurant located in the Brevard Lumberyard Art District will be open for gallery walk and the White Squirrel Festival weekend. They serve classic Southern flavors and time-tested dishes in an inviting, comfortable atmosphere.


Looking for dinner? Be sure to visit one of our gallery walk supporters – Jaime’s Creole Brasserie, Market at 36, Marco Trattoria, The Square Root, Magpie Meat & Three, The Phoenix, Wine Down, or Rocky’s Grill and Soda Shop.


A brochure for the gallery walks can be found at any of the participating galleries or at the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the TC Arts Council at 828.884.2787 or go to www.artsofbrevard.org and click on Art Tours.






white squirrel photo contest 2016 1st place Deborah Apicerno

1st Place – Deborah Apicerno


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2nd Place – Terry Maros


white squirrel photo contest 2016 3rd place Gloria Clouse

3rd Place – Gloria Clouse 


The photos will be on display May 24 – 31 in downtown Brevard at the old Antique Mall/Underground Salvage Co. on Main Street next to Theophilus.

45 photos will be on display for the White Squirrel Photo Contest.



Exhibit Runs: May 6 – 27

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Christine Kosiba – Owl & Joe Bruneau – basket

The Transylvania Community Arts Council has announced their next exhibit, “Blast From The Past” – an invitational exhibit that will be on display from May 6–27. Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “TC Arts has invited artists who served in the past 25+ years as board members, committee members and members of the TC Arts Council and Number 7 Arts Gallery to be in this exhibit. We are excited to bring these artists back into the TC Arts community and at the same time unveil all of our new building and program renovations that have been underway for the last 5 months.”


Artists in this exhibit include: Ann DerGara, Christine Kosiba, Judith Duff, Karen Swing, Erin Keane, Joe Bruneau, Suzie Knapp, Sharyn Fogel, Jan Lee, Ellen Stinchcomb, Virginia Pendergrass, Ina DeRuocco, Sue Huggins, Cathy Langdon, Tim Murray,  and Tom Atkins. TC Arts will host a reception on May 27 as part of Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk from 5pm–8pm.


The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. The gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. For more information call TC Arts at 828-884-2787 or go to www.tcarts.org.





We have been under renovations!!! Almost Done – Woo Hoo!

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Thank You to Catherine & Kent Heuser for overseeing this renovation project!



The TC Arts Council has placed a call for artists for this open exhibit that will run from June 3 – 20.

All mediums are accepted as long as they fit the theme: WATERFALLS.

Artwork must be delivered to TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell St. Brevard, NC between May 31 – June 1.

An opening reception to meet the artists will be held on Friday, June 3 from 5 pm – 7 pm.

For an application call 828.884.2787 or email tcarts@comporium.net.

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September 23 – October 21


The TC Arts Council has invited printmakers to participate in this open printmaking art exhibit. The exhibit will run from Sept. 23 – Oct. 21. To get an application email tcarts@comporium.net. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 23 from 5 pm – 8 pm. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC.   828.884.2787





Soft Pastel Painting with Jen Starwalt at TC Arts

June 11

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council has teamed with local artist Jen Starwalt to offer a soft pastel class on Saturday, June 11 at the TC Arts Council from 10 am  – 1 pm.

Cost for this class is $65. The Class is aimed to introduce students to the soft pastel medium, compare and contrast various methods for application, types of soft pastels and application surfaces.

This is an inside look into Jen’s approach to soft pastel color layering and mixing to achieve the richly colored look of her works. Required Materials: soft pastels and sanded pastel paper.

Recommended brand of soft pastels in Sennelier, Uart make 12×18 sheets of sanded paper. All items can be purchased at Cheap Joes in Asheville or ordered on line from cheapjoes or amazon.

Jen studied Art and Design at The Academy of Art in San Fransisco and received a BFA in illustration from The Savannah College of Art and Design. To learn more about Jen Starwalt go to https://jenstarwalt.com/

To register for this class call TC Arts at 828.884.2787. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. 



Sculpting Wildlife with Christine Kosiba

August 21 & 28

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This two-part workshop will focus on capturing in clay the anatomy, gesture and character of animals.

Day 1 –  August 21 at TC Arts Council from 10 am – 4 pm

The day begins with a slideshow of Christine’s work and discussion of influences that have informed her artistic choices. The duration of the day will include demonstration and technical instruction related to various hand building techniques as participants create their own sculptures.

Day 2 – August 28 at TC Arts Council from 10 am – 12 noon

Day 2 will be spent exploring surface treatments and finishing techniques.

Cost $225

Cost includes: instruction, clay, underglazes and firing.

Required Materials: ware boards and basic sculpting tools. Teacher will supply clay and glazes.

This workshop is suitable for all levels. Sculptures will be fired at the TC Arts Council and picked up at a later date.

To register call TC Arts at 828.884.2787. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC.


July 27 – August 3, 10, 17, 24

Wednesday’s from 2 pm – 4 pm 

Writing From the Heart with Bobbie Pell



Storyteller and writer Bobbie Pell has partnered with the Transylvania Community Arts Council to offer a 5 week writing class at the TC Arts Council entitled Writing from the Heart.

This class will run on Wednesday’s. July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24.  What does it mean to “write from the heart” in today’s world?

By examining personal definitions of this phrase, each writer will learn to deepen characterization, to interweave emotional threads into exhilarating plot lines, and to examine imagery to relay mood.

Short exercises, storytelling works by national tellers, and journaling methods expand student’s writing horizons. In-class writings will create drafts ready for fictional scenes, non-fiction articles, poems, or simply personal use.

Cost for this class is $175 per student. Call the TC Arts Council to register at 828.884.2787. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. www.tcarts.org


Coffee & Clay an Introduction to Pottery

Basics of Hand-Building & Wheel Throwing

Presented by Transylvania Ceramic Arts (TC Arts)

Wednesday’s from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at TC Arts

Six Weeks – August 24, 31, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

Cost for six classes: $240 + cost of clay

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Image by Rob Travis Photography



Transylvania Ceramic Arts Presents

Mud Madness  – Pre-schoolers Explore Pottery

Preschoolers with Parent or Guardian

Must have one adult per two children  

Tuesday’s  – September (6, 13, 20, 27)

9:30 am -11:30 am

Cost: $100 for 4 sessions

Discount for Second Child  – 4 classes only $75

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September 7, 14, 21, 28

Irish Song Workshop with Aoife Clancy

2 pm – 3:30 pm

This class is comprised of songs from traditional Irish origin. Clancy teaches songs that were passed down to her from her father and grandparents. Students will receive song sheets to keep during the workshop as well as the background and origin of the songs. Students will also learn a vocal technique to certain unaccompanied songs that helps with ornamentation and pacing of songs. For some of the material, she will accompany herself with the guitar and Irish drum, called a Bodhràn.

Class costs $80 for all four classes. Classes will take place on Wednesday’s September 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.

To register call the TC Arts Council at 828.884.2787. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC.


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Arts Industry Returns $671,000 in Revenue to Local and State Coffers

Brevard, NC – Transylvania County was one of 182 study groups representing all 50 states and Washington DC that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study to determine the economic impact of the arts in our county. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The Transylvania Community Arts Council spearheaded this study in our county.

Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reveals that the nonprofit arts and culture industry produced $135.2 billion in economic activity during FY2010. This spending–$61.1 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations plus an additional $74.1 billion by their audiences—supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generated $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.

“This study shines a much needed light on the vital role that arts play in stimulating and sustaining economic development,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Contrary to popular belief, the arts are a bustling industry that supports a plethora of diverse jobs, generates significant revenues for local businesses, federal, state and local governments and provides quality of life that positions communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”

The State of North Carolina was one of 10 state regions in this study. It ranked 3rd behind the States of Illinois and Pennsylvania producing $1.2 billion in nonprofit arts and culture expenditures, supported 43,605 full-time equivalent jobs and generated $119 million in local and state revenues.

In Transylvania County, 14 of the participating Arts and Culture nonprofits generated $8,600,000 in annual economic activity—supporting 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $671,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study.

According to the study, these participating Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $4,366,000 during fiscal year 2010. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $4,909,000 in household income for local residents and $671,000 in local and state government revenues. And all of this was in an economic down year. The economic comparisons between 2005, the last time this study was done, and 2010 showed unemployment up, consumer confidence down foreclosures up, local attendees down, recreation, entertainment, shopping, tourism, food & beverage all down in 2010.

Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “$8,600,000 in annual economic activity, that’s a big number. However this number is the economic impact of just 14 of our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations. This study only included the nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the county. It did not include any of the for-profit organizations such as the art galleries, art businesses, artists and musicians in the community. Imagine how big the ARTS economic impact number would be if they were all included.”

Paula Wesley, who spearheaded this study for the Transylvania Community Arts Council, said, “It took a lot of cooperation from the arts and culture organizations, donors and volunteers to do this study. During this study, we discovered that Transylvania County has 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, 24 art galleries and 59 arts and cultural related businesses putting on 262 art events a year. Not bad for a town with under 50,000 population! And even with only 14 of our 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations participating in this study, we ranked 8th in the country among our study group of 19 with populations under 50,000.”

And nonprofits depend heavily on their volunteers. The study showed that in Transylvania County the 14 participating arts and culture organizations reported 1680 volunteers contributed 34,820 donated hours representing a value of $743,733.

Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses

In addition to spending by organizations, the Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $4,194,000 in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Transylvania County, these dollars support 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $671,000 in local and state government revenues.

The study also showed that residents spent an average of $15 per event where as no-residents spent an average of $47 at the same event. 59.4% of our attendees said this event was their primary purpose for the trip to Transylvania County. In addition, 51.3% of Transylvania County residents reported that they would have traveled to a different community in order to attend a similar cultural event and 65.9% of non-residents reported the same. According to the report, this shows that “if a community does not provide a variety of artistic and cultural experiences, it will fail to attract the new dollars of cultural tourists. It will also lose the discretionary spending of its local residents who will travel elsewhere to experience the arts.”

Linda A. Carlisle, the state’s cultural resources secretary, said in a news release that the study shows “that an investment in the arts is an investment in a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is one of the cornerstones of tourism.” Wayne Martin, executive director of the NC Arts Council, said the study highlights the fact that arts organizations are businesses. “They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of the Chamber of Commerce…and are key participants in marketing their cities and regions.”

TC Arts Council cannot thank enough the following individuals who made this study possible by their financial support and encouragement: Nick Bayne, RCG Realty; Bruce & Sandy Kirkman; Joe Bruneau, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Cooperative; Joan VanOrman & Sue Hershey, Bluewood Photography; Mike Kanan, Exit Realty; Madrid Zimmerman, Heart of Brevard; John Gardner & Betsy Barefoot; Mark Burrows, Economic Development; Tourism Development Authority; Tammy Hopkins, TC Arts Council; and last, but not least John Felty, Looking Glass Entertainment.

Special recognition and appreciation is paid to John Felty for his participation in this study because at every event he organized at the Porter Center he encouraged the audience to take the survey and support the arts. His efforts allowed the TC Arts Council to reach the survey goal for the year.

Wesley also recognized her lead surveyor, Beth Sumner, Manager at Elements Spa for giving up week nights and weekends to help her survey the cultural audiences. Several other volunteers assisted with the surveys throughout the year as well. They are Julia Batliner, Dee Whinnery, Cindy Roach, Paul Thomas, Don Bieger and Dan Donofrio.

Wesley said, “Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. They have conducted hundreds of similar economic impact studies in all 50 states. Their methodology is so sound that their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus on the floor of the US House of Representatives to support federal arts funding.”

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. The full text of the national statistical report is available at www.Americansforthearts.org/economicimpact . Research Partners who endorse this study are: the United States Conference of Mayors, Business Civic Leadership Center, National Association of Counties, Grantmakers in the Arts, Destination Marketing Association International, CECP (an international forum of business CEO’s), National League of Cities and The Conference Board.

For more information call Paula Wesley or Tammy Hopkins at the TC Arts Council 828-884-2787 or go to www.tcarts.org. To pick up a study packet stop by the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. To learn more about the ARTS of Brevard and Transylvania County go to www.artsofbrevard.org.

Click here to download the Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

Click here to download the Summary of Economic Impact Findings

Why Arts Programming is Essential for Young Students

·         Art helps students make new connections and think “outside the box.”

·         Expression in the arts helps students develop cognitive and physical skills.

·         Each art form brings special ways of perceiving the world, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

·         The arts help transform the school environment to one of discovery and learning.

·         Art criticism helps students develop observation and analytical skills that can be transferred to other areas of study.

·         The arts are essential to an understanding of personal, local, national and global cultures, past and present.

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In Western NC, Creativity Means Business
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, creative workers, entrepreneurs and businesses producing innovative products make up the Creative Economy. The Creative Industry supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a cornerstone of tourism. With a nationally competitive market for creative employment, new talent and skilled workers continue to be drawn to western N.C. The nonprofit arts and culture sector alone is a $140 million industry in western N. C.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Jobs
More than 14,000 people in western N.C. have jobs in creative occupations, and the number is increasing every year. Creative sector jobs in western N.C. increased 6 percent from 2010 to 2011. Cultural programs draw new talent and keep skilled workers. Counties with higher proportions of workers in arts-related occupations are more likely to retain current residents and attract new ones. And the presence of creative workers is strongly associated with rising household incomes.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Growing Economies
The rich cultural traditions in craft and music are sustainable place-based economic development opportunities that cannot be outsourced. These traditions attract thousands of visitors, investors and potential residents to the region who spend money each day for authentic experiences. Audience members from outside the region at nonprofit arts and culture programs spend an average of nearly $60 per person in the community beyond the cost of the event. All nonprofit cultural audiences spend $60.7 million a year. Nonprofit arts organizations contribute $79 million to the western N.C. economy each year. Together, nonprofit arts groups and their audiences return more than $6 million in annual revenue to local governments.

For more information on how the Creative Economy fuels North Carolina’s economy, visit the North Carolina Arts Council’s Creative Economy Portal at www.ncarts.org/creative_economy
2011 data compiled by The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources


Transylvania Community Arts Council
349 South Caldwell Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
828-884-ARTS (2787) 


Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Directions to Transylvania Community Arts Center/Council